While it’s never fun to think about the ultimate finale of one of your favorite shows, all good things must eventually come to a close. Sometimes, such goodbyes might even have a silver lining — Ellen Pompeo revealed her dream ending for Grey’s Anatomy, and it actually sounds like something to look forward to. If Pompeo and team manage to pull it off, that is.
Grey’s returned for its 16th season last week (yes, 16!) and already has a confirmation for a 17th season. However, the current speculation is that next season will be the last of the long-running medical series. So, when Pompeo visited The Late Late Show With James Corden this week, he did fans a solid by asking about that rumor. When she clearly wasn’t going to dispel that rumor directly, Corden pivoted and pressed the actress-producer about how she’d like to see the series end. Her answer, in a nutshell? With some major comeback cameos.
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“I would love to have some of the old cast come back… that would be the most amazing way to end it,” she told Corden, alluding to the early-seasons Grey’s gang. And can we go ahead and cast our votes? Because we want to see Cristina (Sandra Oh), McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey), George (TR Knight), Addison (Kate Walsh), Lexie (Chyler Leigh), Callie (Sara Ramirez), Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton), April (Sarah Drew) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) all return — at a minimum.
Granted, Pompeo made a fair point to Corden in reminding him that some of the original series stars had been killed off. But let’s be real, stranger things have happened in the Grey’s universe than bringing back a dead character or two. In fact, the series has already seen plenty of flashback cameos. So, thank you, next. Plus, Pompeo herself admitted that, at this point, they’re just having fun on the show because they can. “It’s like the last hour of the party where you just go crazy,” she told Corden.
While she isn’t sure what the series finale will definitely entail, she is certain of one thing: It’s gotta be good. “The ending — the final episode — matters so much. And the fans are never going to be happy. Sopranos, Game of Thrones, they’re pissed no matter what you do,” she explained, adding, “So, there’s a lot of pressure on that final episode.”
Grey’s Anatomy airs on Thursday nights at 8/7c on ABC.